2009 Daytona 200 results

DMG's first public test was convoluted and confusing

By Kevin Duke, Mar. 07, 2009, Photography by Alfonse Palaima
There have been high expectations with the arrival of DMG as the new stewards of American roadracing, and the 2009 edition of the Daytona 200 was the organizer’s first public test. It was an inauspicious start, as this year’s race was convoluted, confusing and dragged on for hours.

The series’ inaugural night race began without problems but then tripped up when lighting equipment in Daytona’s chicane failed and caused the pace car to come out. Then while riders were sorting themselves out after pit stops, new Yamaha recruit Tommy Aquino was hit from the rear while slowing behind the safety car, causing a significant crash. A concerned corner worker threw a red flag, which stopped the race, even though race control didn’t call for it.

Ben Bostrom earned Yamaha's first Daytona 200 win since Scott Russell won in 1998.
Jason DiSalvo briefly held the lead but finished third for Team M4 Suzuki.

The race stoppage lasted an incredibly long time before it was restarted. More problems arose when another crash involving Suzuki rider Kris Turner brought out a caution flag, and the pace car was unsure of which rider to pick up as the leader.

When the race finally restarted, it was a sprint race for the remaining laps. A pack of four riders diced for the lead of the famous race: three Yamaha R6 riders (Josh Hayes, Ben Bostrom and Josh Herrin), plus Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking and former Yamaha rider Jason DiSalvo on his Suzuki GSX-R600. Hayes took himself out of the race when he highsided exiting the International Horseshoe.

It was former Superbike champion Bostrom who was first to arrive at the checkered flag, just ahead of a close a battle between and Bostrom’s teammate Herrin and DiSalvo, with the less experienced Herrin just edging out the Suzuki rider for the runner-up spot.

“I’ve tried to win this thing,” said Bostrom after the race. “We’ve been on pole here. We’ve lost this race by two thousandths. I know what it’s like in the heart when you take second at Daytona. It hurts. Now I know what it’s like to win.”

2009 Daytona 200 results
Pos. Rider Motorcycle Time
1st Ben Bostrom Yamaha YZF-R6 -
2nd Josh Herrin Yamaha YZF-R6 +0.551
3rd Jason DiSalvo Suzuki GSX-R600 +0.624
4th Jamie Hacking Kawasaki ZX-6R +4.745
5th Shawn Higbee Buell 1125R +12.949
6th Barrett Long Yamaha YZF-R6 +14.408
7th Chaz Davies Aprilia RSV1000R +22.899
8th Dane Westby Yamaha YZF-R6 +23.022
9th Martin Cardenas Suzuki GSX-R600 +24.000
10th Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-6R +25.642